A 'Smoke-free' Conway moves forward

The City of Conway will look to draft an ordinance that would make the city smoke-free.

Members of the Wellness Council for South Carolina made a special presentation before city council Monday to illustrate why smoking should be banned in public, indoor places.

Under the city's current law, people are allowed to smoke indoors.

The Wellness Council for South Carolina has been garnering support in the community for the initiative known as "Breathe Clean Conway".

"We have over 800 petitions signed by community members, so people are ready, restaurants are ready, even the ones allowing smoking right now are ready," said Kristi Falk of the Wellness Council.

Council will have a workshop next month to hash out ideas about what should be included in an ordinance to be voted on by city council members.

Smoke-Free Horry tried to get council to pass an ordinance in 2012, but it failed because of lack of support from the community and city council members. However, one city leader says things could be different this time around.

"I feel like it's an issue whose time has come. It has spread throughout the state and the country, and we've dealt with it once before and there just didn't seem to be an appetite on council to pass an ordinance, but I think the mood has changed," said Conway Mayor Alys Lawson.

There have been success stories in surrounding communities, both the City of North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach are smoke-free.

Coastal Carolina University in Conway also revealed its tobacco-free campus this month

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